- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LAKE VIEW, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa district is considering whether to switch to a four-day school week in response to a new state law.

The East Sac County School District plan would have classes run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. four days a week instead of 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. five days a week, Des Moines television station KCCI reported (https://bit.ly/L4geVl ). Officials said the four days of classes would leave a fifth weekday for such things as parent-teacher conferences.

“Then we can have four solid days of absolutely no interrupted education,” said Tammy Vine, a Spanish teacher in the district.

A new state law that goes into effect on July 1 will consider a school day worth five and a half hours and require a certain amount of instructional hours. That would allow a school district to base its schedules on hours instead of 180 teaching days, which is the current requirement.

“What we want to do is have the same number of hours but have it at a higher quality,” said Kevin Fiene, East Sac County Schools superintendent.



At a public forum Monday, some parents said they were concerned about finding day care and about whether students would stay alert for a longer school day. A final scheduling decision hasn’t been made.

The district has about 1,000 students, with elementary schools in Sac City and Wall Lake, a middle school in Sac City and a high school in Lake View.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, https://www.kcci.com

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